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Season's Greetings

December 19 2017

Greetings to all our friends in Créteil from Falkirk District Twinning Association.

"Languages Lost and Found" Event - 18 November 2017, 11.00-15.00, Howgate, Falkirk

November 17 2017

The ‘Languages Lost & Found’ event will take place on Saturday, 18th November between 11.00 & 15.00 in the Howgate Shopping centre in Falkirk.  The event forms part of the annual ‘Being Human’ Festival, which aims to make visible the often hidden richness and diversity of languages and cultures in Scottish society through community-led workshops and activities.  Falkirk District Twinning Association are taking part with an informal talk on the history of the twinning link with Créteil,  Falkirk’s French twin town and an information stall with twinning enthusiasts on hand to answer any questions about twinning and Créteil. There will also be a short French language workshop for children and members of the Wee Tree Theatre will recite some amazing French poems. 

Please see the full programme for the event below. Lots going on, so looking forward to seeing you there.  (See enhanced view of Programme in Gallery menu - Event.)
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2017 Proposed New Twinning Activities

November 07 2017

Following the summer break twinning business for Falkirk District Twinning Association is beginning to pick up momentum. We have had several requests from local organisations about developing links with partner groups in Créteil.
The leader of Falkirk Gaelic Choir (FGC) , Lorraine Russell is keen to make contact with a youth choir in Créteil. FGC currently has 21 members who are between the age of 7 and 18. They are well used to taking trips to perform having taken part in events in various areas in Scotland and a trip to Ireland to take part in the ‘Sharing our Similarities, Celebrating our Differences’ event.
We have also had a request from Falkirk Lawn Tennis Club about developing links with a tennis club in Créteil. 
Falkirk Council’s Champions Board Coordinator, Janet Weir would like to organise a youth visit to Creteil’s  Youth Council as part of an Erasmus project. 

Final day for visitors from Créteil

July 10 2017

On the final day of the visit by the delegation from Créteil, Falkirk Council Community Trust had organised an exciting programme of visits to several of Falkirk District's attractions.  The group started off with a tour of the Mariner Sports Centre by the centre's manager Carol Whyte.  When first built, the innovative centre led the way for leisure pools in Scotland. Carol also informed the group of the ambitious new plans for the refurbishment of the building and the creation of an amazing new soft play area.

 A visit to Falkirk would not be complete without a visit to the Helix and the world-famous Kelpies.  Following a delicious lunch in the new Helix visitor centre the group was treated to a guided tour of the Kelpies.  Like all of us, our visitors were completely mesmerised by Duke and Baron and took lots of photographs. 

The day continued with a visit to Callendar House where Geoff Bailey, Archaeologist and Keeper of local History took the group around the beautiful house and we all came away much more knowledgable about its history and the families who had lived there over the years.  Romain and Noémie even had time to try on a Roman soldier's uniform in the Roman exhibition area!

After delicious tea and scones in Callendar House café, it was time to take the group to Edinburgh airport and say au revoir and bon voyage to our friends from Créteil. À la prochaine!

More photos in the website gallery

Walking Tour of Falkirk

July 05 2017

Today's programme for the delegation from Créteil;  a walking tour of Falkirk led by Ian Scott, local historian, followed by delicious scones and jam with dollops of cream!  A busy day with a train ride to Edinburgh for sightseeing and shopping!

More photos on the website gallery.

French Visit Denny Library

July 04 2017

Our French visitors spent the afternoon at Denny library where the managers Gavin and Linda gave a short presentation on the building of the new library and accompanied the group on a tour of the facility.  Frédérique Giaconomi, the Assistant Director of the Médiatique in Créteil also delivered a short presentation on its activities and operation.

After a long day of visits and meetings the group relaxed with members of FDTA. 

Créteil Delegation

July 04 2017

After a productive business meeting at Municipal Buildings, Falkirk with members of Falkirk District Twinning Association and representatives interested in developing the twinning, the delegation from our twinning partners Créteil, Comité de Jumelage, visited the Falkirk Wheel.  Despite the rain, they still managed to smile and were fortunate to see the Wheel in action. 

Visitors from Créteil

June 29 2017

The President of the Twinning Association in Créteil, Anne Berruet will visit Falkirk next week from 3-6 July.  She will be accompanied by 3 colleagues from the Bureau de Jumelages - Romain Guimber, the Director of the Twinning Association,  Frederique Giacomini, a board member responsible for international exchanges and Noémie Rebecca the new assistant in the twinning office.

Members of Falkirk District Twinnng Association will accompany the group during a full programme of meetings, activities and visits including a visit to the main Falkirk tourist attractions – The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies, The Helix and Callendar House.  They will also meet with groups and organisations who have been involved in recent twinning activities and others who are interested in creating new twinning links with Créteil.  Hopefully the weather will be kind and show Falkirk District in its full glory! 

THE WINNERS Under 13s FVFA - Winners of the Cristo Cup Créteil

May 11 2017

Forth Valley Football Academy under 13 team are the delighted winners of this year's Cristo Cup in Créteil. Well done team!

Under 13 Football Team Event Créteil

April 12 2017

The Under 13 youth football team from Forth Valley Academy will take part in this year's Cristocup football tournament in Créteil. The event takes place over the Easter weekend and  involves teams from Créteil's other twinning partners including Salzgitter in Germany & Loulé in Portugal. It is also the 20th anniversary of the competition.

2017 HippFest at The Hippodrome Bo'ness 2017

February 25 2017

Because of recent events in France, there has been a pause in twinning activities involving young people and this year, members of the English Class in Créteil will not be visiting.   However, Falkirk District Twinning Association is delighted that a small delegation from Créteil, headed by our good friend Magda Vorchin, will make a flying visit to Falkirk from 23 March to 25 March to investigate a film and theatre project in which they hope to include a visit to "Hippfest" at Bo'ness Hippodrome Cinema.

HippFest programme,  the Seventh Hippodrome Festival of Silent Film, runs from 22-26 March and is described as "a premier silent film festival in Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema.   The range of British and international silent films will all have live musical accompaniment". 

Members of the group visiting (as well as Magda) are Corinne Turpin, Community Film Officer from Cinema Lucarne in Créteil and  Marie Dupleix , a Theatre Producer and Director of theatre company, ' Compagnie des Mistons'. 

In addition to attending events at Hippfest 2017 in Bo'ness the group will meet with the Wee Tree Theatre Company to discuss possible twinning projects and Corinne will meet with Alison Strauss, Falkirk Community Trust Film and Media Officer to progress Franco- Ecossais cinema projects. 

As is usual with twinning visits, members of FDTA will be on hand to organise airport transfers and will accompany the visitors during their time in Falkirk.